Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick again as Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League in a dazzling style by trouncing Chelsea 6-0 at Etihad Stadium.
In a devastating opening 25 minutes Man City went 4-0 ahead. Raheem Sterling and an Aguero brace made it three inside 20 minutes, before Ilkay Gundogan fired in the fourth.
Aguero then scored his third midway through the second half to become City’s all-time leading league goalscorer on 160 goals, while he also equalled Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of scoring 11 hat-tricks.
Sterling scored his second 10 minutes from time to seal a commanding win for City which moves them above Liverpool on goal difference with both sides locked on 65 points, while Chelsea remain fifth, 15 points behind the pair, after their heaviest Premier League defeat.
Maurizio Sarri's men have started 2019 with away defeats to Tottenham, Arsenal, Bournemouth and now City with a 0-12 aggregate score across the four games.
"I don't know, you have to ask the club," said Sarri, who was hired after leaving Napoli. "I am worried about my team, I am worried about the performance but my job is always at risk so I am not worried about the club — you have to ask the club.
"I didn't see my football (against City). At the beginning (of the season) it worked. So now we need only to understand the reasons why at the moment it isn't working ... It is not easy. At the beginning, we played better away than at home. Now we are playing better at home than away."
The rout started after four minutes when Chelsea were caught napping by Kevin De Bruyne's quick free-kick which left Raheem Sterling to fire in at the far post before Aguero, who had already missed an open goal, curled a magnificent right-foot finish past the stretching Kepa Arrizabalaga from 25 yards.
Chelsea's embarrassment was symbolised by Ross Barkley's inexplicable header straight to the feet of Aguero to poach his second and Ilkay Gundogan capped that early blitz with a low drive.
The Argentine completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after 56 minutes following Cesar Azpilicueta's foul on Sterling, his 15th treble for City and a record-equalling 11th in the Premier League, an honour he shares with Alan Shearer. It was also his second in successive home games after his hat-trick in the 3-1 win against Arsenal.
Sterling then piled on the misery for Chelsea with the sixth, turned in from six yards after David Silva's threaded pass released Oleksandr Zinchenko down the left.
After this historic win, a delighted Pep Guardiola said, "To score six against Chelsea and the way we played, we had so much attention. We did it, it's an incredible compliment to the players, they are outstanding.
"We spoke this morning, we trained set pieces, trained some movements and I never thought we would score this amount of goals."
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